Overview But if you have a day or two to spend in the town, Royale Park is something of a godsend.

In terms of decor it might be quite generic, with basic, practical furnishings, but what it lacks in flair it more than makes up for in useful facilities.

Large, squeaky-clean rooms with air conditioning and hot showers are heavenly for anyone who’s been on the backpack trail too long, and the wi-fi is fast and free.

The gift shop sells – joy of joys – refrigerated chocolate. The staff is efficient and happy to help with any needs for your onward journey.

Wow factor
The downstairs restaurant is a little old and shabby-looking, but what’s going on in the kitchen is nothing short of spectacular.

Order a palak paneer curry (spinach and cottage cheese) with fresh lime soda and garlic naan bread – you won’t regret it.

: Certainly on the bland, uninteresting side but perfectly comfortable, and as the price isn’t much more than the nearby grubby hostels, it’s an absolute bargain.

Bill please
: Single rooms from £11pn.


%TNT Magazine% stars 3